I can add a bit to Nancy Christensen’s report from the Anza-Borrego desert area. Friday evening and Sat. morning I worked the area surrounding the ABDSP Visitors Center, and recorded 4 sparrow species other than the ubiquitous White-crowned: Brewer’s (about 6), Lincoln (3), Black-throated (a few), and Chipping (2). Also 5 species of warblers: Wilson’s (1), Nashville (1), Orange-crowned (many), Black-thtroated gray (many), plus a few remaining Yellow-rumps. At least 6 Ash-throated Flycatchers were observed, and one Western Kingbird. In addition, most of the other expected desert residents were present: Verdin, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Costa’s hummer, Cactus Wren, etc.
Most spectacular, though, was the Painted Lady migration – in the Visitors Center gardens this morning there were easily a hundred within any 50-foot radius circle around you, often 6-8 on just one small flowering plant. All headed west. The photographers were having a field day.
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